Kevin Myers: Terry sex saga is about gossip, not public interest
Published 03/02/2010 | 05:00
ALOT of components come together in the motorway pile-up story of John Terry, the England soccer captain, and his affair with another footballer's girlfriend and the wife's flight to -- where else? -- Dubai (cheated wives used to flee to fish and chips on a deckchair in Margate).
The wife's name, naturally, is Toni Terry. No doubt there's another footballer's wife called Terri Tony. So, in no particular order: I don't like Chelsea; I don't like John Terry; I don't like press intrusions into private sexual matters; I don't like those various intrusions being represented by the press as "public interest" and I loathe the Premiership and the absurd amount of money that men of moderate talent can earn in it.
But most of all, I despise the way I am irresistibly fascinated by all that is horrible and distasteful and cheap and unprincipled and cynical and foul.